Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has used his line-item veto authority to cut 40 projects -- including two in Bossier Parish -- from the $3.6 billion construction budget before signing it into law.
The governor’s office announced the line-item vetoes Wednesday, describing removal of $39 million in local projects as a prioritization of Louisiana’s limited construction dollars.
Bossier Parish projects cut by the governor:
- $675,000 for lights on Barksdale Boulevard from south Bossier City to Parkway High School.
- $520,000 for outdoor lighting for a multipurpose venue at Bossier Parish Community College.
Most of the projects jettisoned by Edwards are located in parishes represented by Republicans who often vote at odds with the Democratic governor over raising taxes versus cutting spending.
Vetoed projects include dollars for road work in Acadia, St. Landry, Iberia and Vermilion parishes. A $12 million road extension in Lafayette was stripped.
The Port of Iberia won’t get road money. Jackson Parish won’t get funds for a livestock pavilion. Drainage work in Iberia, Vermilion and Rapides parishes was also jettisoned.
A second special session of the Legislature collapsed this week after lawmakers approved a budget but did not keep part of a 1-cent sales tax that is set to expire at the end of the month. The governor must either make big spending cuts or call the Legislature back for another special session to address the budget.
The Associated Press contributed to this report